When Ann Johnson moved into her house on Regatta Drive behind Magnolia Street near Hamilton Avenue, the Ascon Landfill was still the dumping ground for construction debris, and industrial and oil wastes.
Across the street, Edison High School was just a field, and adjacent Edison Park was another landfill.
In 1964, living next to the Ascon Landfill wasn't a concern.
"It's always been there," Johnson said.
The 38-acre landfill at 21641 Magnolia St. was used to store waste and construction debris from 1938 to 1984.
Johnson, 73, has watched the site change hands throughout the years and has seen half-hearted efforts made to clean it up, but now the state Department of Toxic Substances Control has taken over the project and will begin removing some of the construction and hazardous waste from the site.